2019-2020 Employee Handbook

Drug and Alcohol Use

College of Central Florida is committed to providing a campus and workplace environment free from the abuse and the illegal use of alcohol and drugs. To enhance this commitment, the college has adopted and implemented a policy and procedure to prohibit and prevent the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol by employees.

Standards of Conduct: As a condition of employment, the following standards of conduct apply to employees:

  • Employees are prohibited from engaging in the unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession, or illegal use of drugs and/or alcohol on college property, CF Foundation properties, and during college activities.
  • Employees are prohibited from reporting to work while under the influence of illegal use of drugs and/or alcohol.
  • Employees shall notify the college of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in the workplace or during college-sponsored activities no later than five (5) days after such conviction.

Sanctions: The college will impose sanctions on employees for any violation of the college’s drug-free campus and workplace policy consistent with state and federal law.

College of Central Florida Sanctions: The following sanctions may be imposed for violating the drug-free campus and workplace policy:

  • Manufacture, Possession, Sale, Delivery or Illegal use of Drugs – Sanctions may include completion of an appropriate rehabilitation program, random drug testing, suspension or termination.
  • Subsequent Drug Violation – Employee will be terminated.
  • Possession, Sale or Consumption of Alcohol – Sanctions may include completion of an appropriate rehabilitation program, random testing, suspension or termination.
  • Subsequent Alcohol Violation – Employee will be terminated.

State Sanctions: Possible state sanctions for possession or distribution of controlled substances/drugs as described in Section 893.03, Florida Statutes, range from a first-degree misdemeanor (up to one year imprisonment and up to a $1,000 fine) to a first-degree felony (up to 30 years imprisonment and up to a $10,000 fine). Trafficking in drugs is punishable by a prison term between 3-25 years and a fine between $25,000-$500,000. A drug conviction may also result in forfeiture of driving privileges and federal financial aid.

Federal Sanctions: Possible federal sanctions for illegal possession or drug trafficking range from 1-20 years in prison and between $1,000-$8,000,000 in fines. Additional sanctions may include forfeiture of personal and real property, denial of federal benefits, a civil fine up to $10,000 and loss of ability to possess or purchase a firearm.

Drug Testing: The college may require submission to drug or alcohol testing:

  • by a primary candidate as a condition for full-time employment
  • when there is a reasonable suspicion that the employee has engaged in illegal use of drugs and/or alcohol; and/or when an employee has participated in a drug/alcohol rehabilitation program as a condition of continued employment
  • when an employee is involved in a workman’s compensation injury.

The college will consider an employee’s or primary candidate’s refusal to submit to drug or alcohol testing as an unsatisfactory test result.

Health Risks: Illegal use of drugs and alcohol abuse can cause marked changes in behavior and endangers the health, safety, and morale of the abusing employee and his or her co-workers. Other risks are: impaired job performance; reduced potential; marital problems; conflicts with family members, friends and co-workers; criminal activity; malnutrition; seizures; loss of memory and concentration; and damage to lungs, liver, kidney, reproductive organs, respiratory systems, immune systems, and brain function.

Drug and Alcohol Counseling and Rehabilitation Programs: An employee may voluntarily seek assistance in overcoming an alcohol or drug problem. An employee may contact the Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-624-5544. Assistance through the EAP is available 24 hours and is confidential. An employee who voluntarily seeks assistance through the EAP or another private rehabilitation program will not be required to submit to drug testing prior to participating in the EAP or rehabilitation program. An employee also will not be subject to disciplinary proceedings solely on the basis of voluntarily seeking help through the EAP or a rehabilitation program. However, the college may require an employee to submit to a follow-up drug test at least once a year for up to two years following alcohol or drug treatment.

For additional sources of information and assistance, contact:

  • CF Human Resources Office 352-873-5819
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse Hot Line 800-662-HELP
  • Alcoholics Anonymous 24-Hour Help Line 352-867-0660
  • Employee Assistance Program 800-624-5544